BellSouth Profit Climbs 46%
The Atlanta-based RBOC reported a net income of $936 million, or 51 cents per share, compared with $640 million, or 34 cents per share, a year earlier. Excluding one-time items, BellSouth earned 53 cents per share, beating Wall Street consensus forecasts of 50 cents per share. Revenue for the quarter rose 5 percent to $5.72 billion, from $5.43 billion in the year-ago period.
BellSouth cited strong growth for wireless services in Latin America, where the company added 1.4 million customers year-over-year, boosting revenues by nearly 19 percent to $588 million.
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